It was this week in 1970 that Christie
shot to No 1 in the UK with Yellow
River! Worldwide success was to follow spectacularly
in the following weeks, with the single reaching
top spot in 22 other countries and No 2 in several
others, spawning more than a dozen cover versions
in various languages.
Jeff was recently interviewed on German TV to commemorate
events of May, 1970, when Yellow
River first charted.
Congratulations to director Alfonso Cuaron and
for winning the Best Movie award at the BAFTAs!
Yellow River, of course, was featured in
And to Alfonso for winning the Best Director
at the 2019 Academy Awards!
Jeff was recently interviewed for Russian newspaper
Petropavlovsk, which is based in Kazakhstan. Read
what he has to say here, as he reflects
on his songwriting, his influences and his time
with the band.
bass player Kevin Moore, along with Christie drummer
Simon Kay, have formed the Christie Revival Band,
a tribute outfit aimed at keeping Jeff's legacy
alive on the stage. The sets include the usual Christie
hits plus many others not often played live, such
as Man of Many Faces.
There'll also be a sprinkling of Creedence songs
and others in the same county rock mould. The band includes Mike Koch
(who's played with Kevin in BC Sweet and Les McKeown's
Bay City Rollers) on guitar and vocals. Keep a look
out for them if they appear on a gig in your area. Kev is truly a man of many faces,
having played in an assortment of groups over the
years, apart from the ones mentioned above. The
genres have ranged from glitter rock to heavy metal,
and he's also involved with an acoustic outfit named
Steve Bonham and the Long Road, co-writing and performing
on a two-album set that was recently released. The band is doing a short tour
of Germany in April this year, where they will be
performing a number of Christie songs! See
here for details.
DEC 14: Academy-award wining director
Alfonso Cuarón's beautiful movie ROMA
is finally released on Netflix and various theatres.
It's a favourite for an Oscar and Jeff is associated
with it, albeit in a small way. In the film, Yellow
River is heard as a song on the radio to
reflect the period it's set in (1970), and was personally
requested by Cuarón to be used. But irrespective
of this, it is a lovely movie that is worth watching
for the sheer brilliance of the way it pairs thrilling
technical prowess with profound artistic vision.
Make sure to grab a copy of the soundtrack.
We told you that big news was forthcoming from
Alfonso Cuarón, the much-acclaimed director
of movies like Gravity
and Children of Men.
We can now reveal that his next film, called ROMA,
is scheduled to be released in theaters, as well as
streaming on Netflix, on December 14 this year.
It had its world premiere at the Venice Film
Festival on August 30 and will show at the Toronto
International Film Festival on September 10 and
the New York Film Festival on October 5.
On review aggregator Rotten
Tomatoes, Roma holds
an approval rating of 96 per cent based on 23 reviews,
with an average rating of 8.9/10. On Metacritic, the
film has a weighted average score of 96 out of 100,
based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
What's this got to do with Christie?
Watch the movie and you will hear a familiar song!
See the trailer
Another great collection of UK beat music from
the 60s has been released by the same team which brought
Night Comes Down, which featured Just
One More Chance.
draws heavily from the vaults of Pye Records and sister
label Piccadilly, and focuses on the scenes
later gems from 1965/66, which were often musically
superior to those earlier works.
The six-CD box set offers around 180
tracks in chronological order from the mid-1960s,
and includes many of the eras biggest names
such as The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Searchers,
Marmalade and The Tremeloes.
The Outer Limits are represented by the
Day Now and its killer riff.
A hefty booklet boasts band-by-band histories
and details of each recording.
Compare Jeff's demo of I'm Alive
to the final product.